CoasterBuzz Podcast #184 posted

Posted Monday, July 12, 2010 12:10 AM | Contributed by Jeff

Jeff, Gonch and Carrie review this week's news in the amusement industry.

  • Carrie gets first hand exposure to the train wreck that is Conneaut Lake Park. She found a real mess, and almost no visitors. She isn't convinced that there's any vision or plan for the long term. Jeff agrees and believes this is why throwing money at it is not a good plan. See Carrie's pictures from 1974 and 1980, as well as today here and here.
  • Local historical society in Cleveland has plans to resurrect the Euclid Beach carousel, and the plan includes an endowment to keep it running indefinitely. This is preservation done right.
  • Gonch does the sweet behind-the-scenes tour at Busch Gardens Williamsburg, and thinks it's worth every penny. He'd even pay more. See his photos here.
  • The top 100 roller coasters are ranked in the CoasterBuzz 100. Jeff talks about how the list is generated.
  • Six people die in an amusement park simulator accident in China, and we know practically nothing about it. A bizarre animation appears from a Chinese news source.
  • Captain Eo comes back to Epcot. Meh.
  • Freestyle Music Park is so poor they can't afford to show up to court.
  • Power outage at Kings Island on July 4 was apparently handled poorly in terms of compensating guests. The culture of non-empowerment comes up again.
  • Jeff kind of disses L.A., but mostly because he's uncertain about infant travel. He'll miss the SoCal parks.
  • Off-topic: Wanting to create scandal in Las Vegas.
  • Yet another ticket scam in Orlando, but this one had an inside job element to it.
  • Orlando theme park discounts: When will it stop, and is it an indication of better economic times?
  • Help us raise money for Give Kids The World, Coasting For Kids! Join us at any of the 11 Cedar Fair parks on July 29, 2010, and ride for a good cause.
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Tuesday, July 13, 2010 11:32 AM

I would think an end made of lead would be perfect!

Tuesday, July 13, 2010 3:19 PM
Jason Hammond's avatar

I just priced out a set without the instructions or box, just the basic pieces needed. Using the lowest quality parts they have available it comes to $117.

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Wednesday, July 14, 2010 2:03 AM

Yes, but you shouldn't assemble the pieces. That would be a Bad Thing™. :)

--Dave Althoff, Jr.

    /X\        _      *** Respect rides. They do not respect you. ***
/XXX\ /X\ /X\_ _ /X\__ _ _ _____

Wednesday, July 14, 2010 7:18 AM

My parents still have a complete set of Jarts. I remember playing with them as recently as a couple of years ago. I had no idea they were such a collector's item.

And then one day you find ten years have got behind you
No one told you when to run, you missed the starting gun

Tuesday, July 20, 2010 9:53 AM

During the podcast, Jeff said,

...Actually there's a thought I really hadn't though about before. Since Universal visitors do not spend as much time, are not as often on property, I wonder what the hotel business is looking like down there. You'd think they'd be propped up a bit. Because if people are going to Disney and feel compelled to stay at Disney, there's no "win" there, would be interesting to see if somebody reports on that. That interests me. If you work for the Orlando Sentinel and are thinking about a story idea, why don't you do that? That would be awesome and we'd appreciate the peek. Yeah.

Well, Jeff, it looks like you got your story--

--Dave Althoff, Jr.

    /X\        _      *** Respect rides. They do not respect you. ***
/XXX\ /X\ /X\_ _ /X\__ _ _ _____

Tuesday, July 20, 2010 12:29 PM
Jeff's avatar

I'd like my paycheck now, please. :)

Jeff - Editor - - My Blog - Silly Nonsense

Tuesday, July 20, 2010 12:32 PM

Given what newspapers are paying these days...I can find some change in my couch. ;)

Tuesday, July 20, 2010 2:12 PM
LostKause's avatar

I can vouch for that. lol


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